Approval has been granted for Western Australian gold company Focus Minerals’ mining proposal for its Greenfields Open Pit in Coolgardie.
The go-ahead by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety enables commencement of mining from the pit for processing of ore through the Three Mile Hill treatment plant.
Focus Minerals executive chairman Wanghong Yang said the Focus team had “worked diligently’ to detail the identification, evaluation, and management of the environmental impacts of the project and liaised with local stakeholders to satisfy the requirements for DMIRS approval.
“The Greenfields Open Pit is the first mine the company proposes to operate in the resumption at the Coolgardie Project.
“Focus has worked to improve the economics of mining from those in the 2020 prefeasibility study by optimising the Open Pit mine design with updated mining contractor rates.
“Work is currently underway to finalise the ore reserves for the Greenfields, Brilliant South and CNX open pits for inclusion in a new Life of Mine Plan.”
A mining contractor selection process will begin shortly to ensure adequate resourcing amid prevailing demand/supply conditions in the WA mining industry.